It is the kind of telephone call that no parent wants to receive. Authorities in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, say that four students suffered injuries Wednesday morning in an accident involving a school bus. Three of the kids suffered relatively minor injuries and apparently were not taken to the hospital. However, one of the children was transported after the accident for medical evaluation and possibly treatment for undisclosed injuries. At the time of the crash, 14 kids were on the bus.
Police say that the school bus was stopped and the lights on the bus were flashing. A car had stopped behind the bus. But, authorities say that the driver of a pickup truck did not. The pickup slammed into the stopped car, plowing that vehicle into the rear of the school bus. The multi-vehicle crash was reported around 7:00 in the morning near Towanda, Pennsylvania.
It is not clear if the drivers of the car or the pickup suffered any injuries.
School bus safety is a high priority in every state of the union. Buses transporting kids to and from school are carrying some of our most precious cargo—kids. Pennsylvania law requires motorists to stop for a bus that is stopped, has its red signal lights flashing and the stop arm extended. This safety rule applies to motorists whether they are behind the bus, approaching the stopped bus from the front and those motorists approaching an intersection where a bus is stopped, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
The state road safety agency says that far too many kids in this country are injured or killed by drivers passing stopped school buses. More than 1,000 motorists fail to follow the school bus safety laws, according to Penn DOT.
Road safety rules may be helpful in determining whether one or more drivers were negligent in a car accident. Personal injury lawyers look at many factors, as well as information available from other sources in analyzing an injury claim.
Source: Lancaster Newspapers, “4 students hurt in NE Pa. school bus crash,” The Associated Press, Mar. 5, 2014